Misogi (禊) is a Japanese ascetic practice of ritual purification. The main goal is the connection of the mind and body with the energy of the universum, the side effect is the increase in endurance. Misogi is also used in some forms of martial arts, especially Aikido (合気道), where to the purification, energetic and endurance principles the goal of the development of one’s centre is added.
This recording comes from the misogi performed on the December 20th, 2012 in the Aikido Kenkyukai Praha Dojo (www.aikikai.cz) under the leadership of Kodym Miroslav Sensei, 5th dan. In this dojo took place the first Czech misogi in the year 1992, so this recording captured the sound of the 20th anniversary misogi, held in the newly built dojo.
Where the strong energetic sound comes from? All participants are performing in the common rhythm for one hour using wooden swords bokuto the cut called kiri-oroshi (切り下ろし) accompanied with the battle cry kiai (気合).